The 19° Gran Premio Warsteiner di San Marino, otherwise known as the 1999 San Marino Grand Prix, was the third round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, on the 2 May 1999. The race would see Michael Schumacher claim victory in front of a partisan Ferrari crowd, as early race leader Mika Häkkinen crashed out.
Häkkinen had won the first battle of the weekend, streaking to pole position ahead of teammate David Coulthard. Third, meanwhile, would go to Schumacher, who was far closer to the McLaren-Mercedes than at the previous two rounds, with his teammate Eddie Irvine completing the second row.
The start saw Häkkinen ace his getaway, while Coulthard got the jump on Schumacher to secure second. The Scot did just enough to keep Irvine and Rubens Barrichello at bay, while 1997 Champion Jacques Villeneuve stalled in fifth.
Incredibly, for the second race in a row, everyone managed to avoid the stranded car, with the BAR-Supertec pushed into the pits. On track, meanwhile, Häkkinen would do his best to escape up the road, eeking out a lead over Coulthard as the Scot pulled away from Schumacher.
The order remained unchanged at the head of the field until the end of lap seventeen, with Häkkinen having established a thirteen second lead. Then, the Finn made his first mistake of the weekend, clobbering a kerb at the final corner with enough force to break his suspension, and hence spun straight into the barriers.
Coulthard inherited the lead, although he would lose time to Schumacher as the German ace suddenly realised that there was a win in the offering, his arch-rival having crashed. The Scot's bid was not aided by the lapped traffic that the pair came across a few laps later, with the Ferrari able to sneak through gaps that the McLaren could not.
Ultimately, however the race would be decided in the pitstops, with a quicker swap for Schumacher getting the German ace out ahead of the Scot. Coulthard gave chase but simply could not match the German's pace in the second half of the race, although he remained a threat throughout.
Behind, Barrichello and Irvine fought for third, with the Brazilian eventually getting ahead when the Brit suffered an engine failure. Damon Hill, meanwhile, found himself in a race long fight with Giancarlo Fisichella and Jean Alesi, as Heinz-Harald Frentzen spun off ahead of them.
Yet, there would be no significant changes to the order in the closing stages, with Schumacher securing a popular victory four seconds clear of Coulthard. Barrichello was a satisfied third for Stewart-Ford Cosworth, while Hill, Fisichella and Alesi secured the remaining points.
Eddie Irvine retained the lead in the Championship after the second round of the season, leaving Brazil with twelve points to his name. Defending Champion Mika Häkkinen, meanwhile, had shot up to second, leaving Brazil level with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, but ahead of the German on countback due to his race win. Behind Ralf Schumacher found himself a point ahead of brother Michael Schumacher, with nine drivers on the score sheet.
In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who still led the charge after the second round, and had managed to extend their lead. Indeed, the Scuderia left Interlagos with an eight point lead over rivals McLaren-Mercedes, with Jordan-Mugen-Honda joining their Anglo-German counterparts on ten points. Williams-Supertec were next ahead of Benetton-Playlife, with eight constructors on the board.
The full entry list for the 1999 San Marino Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1999 San Marino Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||1||Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||1:26.362||—||205.507 km/h|
|2||2||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||1:26.384||+0.022s||205.455 km/h|
|3||3||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||1:26.538||+0.176s||205.089 km/h|
|4||4||Eddie Irvine||Ferrari||1:26.993||+0.631s||204.016 km/h|
|5||22||Jacques Villeneuve||BAR-Supertec||1:27.313||+0.951s||203.269 km/h|
|6||16||Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford Cosworth||1:27.409||+1.047s||203.045 km/h|
|7||8||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:27.613||+1.251s||202.573 km/h|
|8||7||Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:27.708||+1.346s||202.353 km/h|
|9||6||Ralf Schumacher||Williams-Supertec||1:27.770||+1.408s||202.210 km/h|
|10||5||Alex Zanardi||Williams-Supertec||1:28.142||+1.780s||201.357 km/h|
|11||18||Olivier Panis||Prost-Peugeot||1:28.205||+1.843s||201.213 km/h|
|12||17||Johnny Herbert||Stewart-Ford Cosworth||1:28.246||+1.884s||201.120 km/h|
|13||11||Jean Alesi||Sauber-Petronas||1:28.253||+1.891s||201.104 km/h|
|14||19||Jarno Trulli||Prost-Peugeot||1:28.403||+2.041s||200.762 km/h|
|15||12||Pedro Diniz||Sauber-Petronas||1:28.599||+2.237s||200.318 km/h|
|16||9||Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife||1:28.750||+2.388s||199.977 km/h|
|17||10||Alexander Wurz||Benetton-Playlife||1:28.765||+2.403s||199.944 km/h|
|18||14||Pedro de la Rosa||Arrows||1:29.293||+2.931s||198.761 km/h|
|19||23||Mika Salo||BAR-Supertec||1:29.451||+3.089s||198.410 km/h|
|20||15||Tora Takagi||Arrows||1:29.656||+3.294s||197.957 km/h|
|21||21||Marc Gené||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:30.035||+3.673s||197.123 km/h|
|22||20||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:30.945||+4.583s||195.151 km/h|
|107% Time: 1:32.407|
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
- Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
|______________||Pedro de la Rosa|
The full results for the 1999 San Marino Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Salo, Herbert and Zanardi were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.
- 100th Grand Prix for Sauber as a constructor.
- Rubens Barrichello started his 100th Grand Prix.
- 34th career victory for Michael Schumacher.
- 121st win for Ferrari as a constructor and engine supplier.
- Mika Salo's first race BAR.
Michael Schumacher left San Marino with victory and the Championship lead, holding a four point advantage at the head of the hunt. Eddie Irvine had made way for his teammate, while Mika Häkkinen slipped to third, having been set to win the race prior to his accident. Heinz-Harald Frentzen had also lost ground in fourth, while Ralf Schumacher completed the top five.
In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who left their de jure home race with an enhanced lead, moving onto 28 points with two wins. That translated to a twelve point advantage over McLaren-Mercedes, with the two set to duel for the crown between themselves for the rest of the campaign. Elsewhere, Jordan-Mugen-Honda had inched closer to the McLaren squad, while Williams-Supertec and Stewart-Ford Cosworth completed the early top five.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
- 'San Marino GP, 1999', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr633.html, (Accessed 26/08/2019)
- 'San Marino 1999: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/saint-marin/engages.aspx, (Accessed 26/08/2019)
- 'San Marino 1999: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/saint-marin/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 26/08/2019)
- 'Gran Premio Warsteiner di San Marino 1999 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1999/races/689/san-marino/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 26/08/2019)
- 'San Marino 1999: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/saint-marin/classement.aspx, (Accessed 26/08/2019)
- '3. San Marino 1999', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/saint-marin.aspx, (Accessed 26/08/2019)
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